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Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
In Pictures of You, April and Isabelle both get into their cars to run from their marriages. Their collision on a Connecticut road leaves April dead and Isabelle devastated. Stowed away in April's car is her asthmatic son, Sam, a nine-year-old boy who refuses to speak of the events that led his mother to drive away from home. Isabelle is a social pariah for taken another woman's life, but she finds herself drawn to Sam, and eventually to his father, Charlie. Charlie, though, doesn't want Sam to know about his relationship with Isabelle, claiming that Sam's asthma is the cause of his concern. Sam believes Isabelle is an angel sent to reunite him with his mother. Caroline Leavitt's novel has received positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "Leavitt beautifully paces the book's intertwining stories, meticulously unfurling bits of the back story, letting us put together the pieces just as the main characters do. But she wisely avoids the neat, pat wrap-up. Pictures of You is about processing both discovery and loss, discerning when to hold on and when to let go and understanding what in the middle of it all makes life meaningful."